There’s no question that patients are willing to accept lesser results in exchange for less invasive procedures. Although nonsurgical fat reduction technologies make it possible to eliminate unwanted fat, liposuction is a better bet for more dramatic fat reduction and body contouring results. And while some skin tightening can be had with energy devices, a surgical facelift remains the gold standard.
But as the aesthetic space continues to evolve, so do the cosmetic innovations bridging the gap between less invasive procedures and their surgical counterparts.
When it comes to the neck specifically, Gregory Mueller, M.D., Beverly Hills, Calif., has pioneered a light-guided approach to neck lifting, which he presented at this year’s Global Aesthetic Conference in Miami.
Ellevate is a procedure that allows physicians to perform suture suspension using light guidance underneath the neck. The ICLED surgical system is the medical device used to perform the procedure.
“…the drive behind me developing the Ellevate procedure was my desire to find a way to treat the neck without an invasive procedure,” says Dr. Mueller. “I thought, there's got to be a way to sew the neck muscles without opening the neck.”
His idea was to use a lighted needle and thread that would enable him to create a matrix underneath the skin that supports the muscles and glands of the neck without invasive surgery.
It’s akin to performing image-guided surgery: the tool lights the way from the inside out.
“It's been an amazing adjunct to my practice, and something that I'm teaching doctors to do now, that really allows someone to have neck refinement surgery without… the invasive nature of surgery,” says Dr. Mueller.
- Kaplan JL. The Single Incision Minimally Invasive (SIMI) Neck Lift. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019;7(5):e2208.